To Those Who May Be Interested:
Although this is historically correct, our Bohemain ancestors spoke a dialect of German.
Just like Swiss German with its more "sing-songy" pronounciations, those of us
that speak "high" German (like that taught in school) would have a difficult
time understanding them.
This is very similar to English in the United States where if you had someone from New
Jersey, Kentucky, Minnesota, and California in a room it is very possible that there would
be some difficulty in understanding what the other is saying.
When I speak German with one set of my grandparents (who speak the Bohemian dialect they
learned at home as children) there are many words that are pronounced differently. In
fact, we have all but given up on speaking German to each other in favor of English.
There are websites and books that have Bohemian poems, songs, short stories, etc. If you
read German you will pick up on the differences. If you have an opportunity to speak
German with a member of the first or second generation Bohemians, I would encourage you to
do so. If you don't speak German, have them read some of the poetry or songs:
communicating is how the loss of cultural identity is slowed.
PS - Researching the following surnames: Schnobrich, Henle, Rotering, Drexler, Groebner,
Hauser, Sperl, Ubl, Neuwirth, Grau, Dorchel, and others.... Most came from Muttersdorf,
Austria, currently Mutenin, Czech Republic to the New Ulm, Minnesota/Milford
Township/Rural Brown County area....
From: Schwarz family [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 6:20 PM
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Re: language bohemian
Hi Connie, There was no such thing as a Bohemian language. Bohemia and
Moravia were part of the Austrian /Hungarian Empire up to 1918. The Austrian
Emporer was also King of Bohemia ! Czech and German were the two languages
spoken and schools taught either German or Czech at all levels of education.
Between 1918 and 1938 both languages were used. Documents such as birth and
marriage certificates were in both languages,especially in the German
speaking areas. Herb Schwarz, Ontario,Canada. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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From: Connie <Connie.1(a)t-online.de>
Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:14 PM
Subject: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Re: language bohemian
> Hi list members,
> In my last email I asked for the meaning of the bohemian language. I got
some answers, which I certainly appreciate. But I think some people
misunderstood my question. I wanted to know what the language was like, was
it a own language, did it sound Czech or German?
> I specially want to thank Laurence Krupnak for the links on the Czech
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